Originally Posted by Bogotazo
Being forced into brawling is a symptom of not having a proper corner. Look at the way he was punching leading up to the second knockdown-so much of his weight on the front foot, right and left looping all over the place before the side-step + left uppercut knocked him down. In all the wars he'd been in, Cotto was never so sloppy when exchanging, and never looked so helpless and clueless once dropped. Before that fight and since then, his defense and punching form and balance and lateral movement has looked better. I'm not discrediting Pacquiao's win, but Cotto was unprepared tactically and it showed in his mechanics.
i believe this is because he was fighting a faster opponent who keeps on moving out of cotto's position (during the exchanges in the brawl). cotto would of course look sloppy when exchanging with the faster pac. he didn't look sloppy in the first two rounds until the knockdown. and after the 2nd kd in the fourth, the will to fight was completely gone.
his corner nor even cotto has no real way of knowing if pac was really hurt or just playing possum (which is the actual case) on why pac suddenly covered up in round 2. even roach thinks it's a stupid idea from pac (at that time) siting cotto's ability to pour on the body. cotto instinctively just followed his guts and play the predator's role in almost his every fight while pac measuring what cotto can unleash.
pac took on everything that cotto can possibly give that night and it was not enough.